The Wildlife Rescue Centre "Il Pettirosso" in Modena
In the northern Italian town of Modena (near Bologna), an Italian CABS member set up the "Il Pettirosso" ("The Robin") wildlife sanctuary with our financial support. Whether wren or osprey, tortoise or wild boar - injured or vulnerable, all kinds from wildlife from up to 300 km distance are nursed and rehabilitated in Modena.
The emergency line of the Wildlife Centre can be reached 24 hours a day via the regional telephone number 118. A well-equipped wildlife ambulance is on stand by 24 hours a day for the purpose of rescuing injured animals. Over time, the centre has grown to over 70,000 square metres and is now the largest of its kind in Italy.
The Wildlife Centre is also an important partner in the fight against poaching. Each year, the police and game wardens deliver hundreds of seized songbirds from convicted hunters and poachers - almost all of them are rehabilitated and released in Modena. Birds that have been illegally shot - especially birds of prey - are also cared for here.
But "Il Pettirosso" is not only specialised in birds: For example, the traffic police also deliver up to 300 deer and wild boars every year, which are kept in healthy large outdoor enclosures. Greek tortoises - an endangered species in Italy - also suffer from road traffic accidents and are brought to Modena from far away.